Peace TV network crosses 200 million viewership

Updated 21 July 2013

Peace TV network crosses 200 million viewership

Peace TV, a major Islamic satellite television network, has crossed the 200-million viewership mark, with a record global viewership exceeding more than 100 million for Peace TV English, 80 million for Peace TV Urdu and more than 20 million for the newly launched Peace TV Bangla.
Zakir Naik, Peace TV founder president and a scholar who has delivered public lectures across the world, including Saudi Arabia, on Islam and comparative religion, told a public meeting organized by India Islamic Cultural Center (IICC) in Riyadh recently that the network’s viewership is growing considerably.
Beginning in January 2006, Peace TV (English) has been telecast to more than 150 countries around the world, including in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia and North America recording more than 100 million viewership.
He added that Peace TV Urdu, which was launched in 2009, has 80 million viewership.
Peace TV Bangla, which was launched on April 22, 2011, has crossed 20 million mark, he said, adding that the Bangla channel has reached its popularity in a short span of time.
Naik said that the launch of Peace TV Arabic is on the cards. The Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), which owns Peace TV, has finalized plans to launch a 24-hour Arabic-language Islamic channel.
There are several Arabic channels today, but Peace TV Arabic will be different and unique in content and technology, he added.
A nonprofit network, Peace TV broadcasts programs around the clock and also provides free-to-air telecasts.

Saudi rural tourism recovers after months of forced isolation

Updated 11 July 2020

Saudi rural tourism recovers after months of forced isolation

  • Saudis turn to domestic traveling and flock to their nation’s cooler cities and rural areas

TAIF: As Saudi citizens turn to domestic tourism in the country’s summer resorts, adapting to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, rural areas have become targeted by local tourists wishing to get away from the soaring temperatures in most of the Kingdom’s cities.

Visitors are now choosing cold Saudi cities instead of Europe, which they are accustomed to visiting, such as Taif, Al-Baha, and Abha.

COVID-19 has postponed all plans to travel abroad, and attention has now focused on domestic tourism amid strict health protocols in parks, gardens and recreational areas.

Walid Al-Hamidi, vice president of the Tourism Development Council, confirmed to Arab News that Asir, with its facilities and attractions, was ready to receive summer visitors from across the country.

He said that under the directives of Asir's governor, who supervises all activities and events directly and constantly, many committees had been formed to prepare a successful summer tourism season, to optimize the opportunity and allow people to enjoy the exceptional ambiance of Asir.

“A comprehensive tourism plan was set up two years ago, which resulted in a successful Al-Soudah Season with the support of Asir’s Investment Authority,” Al-Hamidi added.

He noted that Asir’s directives aimed this year to build an exceptional tourism model that meets optimal health standards in dealing with COVID-19.

The model is supported by the “Nashama Asir” team — consisting of 4,000 volunteers — who have been trained for months and have all the necessary skills to make the season successful. Their work will continue until the end of the pandemic and throughout the summer.

“Everyone is ready at public facilities, gardens and parks, to serve tourists,” he said, adding “tourists coming from all the over the Kingdom will be welcomed with smiles, enhanced services, and warm welcomes.”

Dr. Sami Al-Obaidi, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Taif, told Arab News that the tourism sector was the economic backbone of any country or city.

He said that Taif was considered one of the most important tourist cities, given its many attractions  that made it top of any list of places to visit in the Kingdom.

“Suspending travel abroad, and limiting tourism … due to the coronavirus pandemic, makes us, as officials and citizens in Taif, well placed for a beautiful and safe tourism season for Taif’s citizens and visitors,” said Al-Obaidi.

“Meetings are held around the clock, headed by Saad Al-Maimouni, the governor of Taif, with the participation of the relevant authorities.”

He expected all sectors, especially tourism, hospitality and a few other businesses in Taif, to recover to some extent during this season, especially now tourists have already started flocking to the region, with numbers set to increase over the coming weeks.